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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ebola outbreak in west Africa resurges

Deaths in Guinea, Liberia approach the 150 mark; previous thoughts of containment considered premature.

Hopes that the spread of Ebola in west Africa had begun to abate were dashed by new numbers released via the World Health Organization yesterday, with the death toll from the virus rising to 142; a total of 242 cases have been confirmed, and while the instances in Liberia have also risen the nation of Guinea is taking the brunt of the outbreak.

Alternative news media is further asserting that the deadly virus has spread to Europe, with a case allegedly reported in Italy; although this report remains unconfirmed, they point to an official's statement last week that true numbers would be suppressed in an effort to curtail panic, adding fuel to the fires of mistrust in any 'official' confirmations.

Ebola is considered the most deadly virus on the planet, with an average death-per-case ratio hovering around the 90% mark; normally isolated to nations in eastern Africa, its proliferation in the western region of the continent is highly disconcerting for health officials, especially since this strain appears to be a slightly-mutated variant of the virus.

Despite the best efforts put forth by scientists since it was first discovered in 1976, there is no cure for Ebola, nor any specialized treatment, and neither is expected in the foreseeable future.

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